Fantasy Football: How to COVID-Proof Your Team & League


With the outbreak of COVID-19, the year 2020 has brought plenty of challenges to every nation. Normally, these challenges don’t affect the sports world directly, but in the COVID-19 pandemic, it certainly has. A fantasy football game will allow you to try your skills as a fantasy owner. Now, fantasy football managers are worried about whether the NFL season will take place or not. As you know a single person alone cannot control the spread of the virus but it is worth thinking about some of the COVID-19 strategies for both leagues and its participants.  Hopefully, the decisions given below should be made in your draft before the season starts and you can use some of these to ensure the best fantasy football season possible.

  1. Zoom Your Draft

Congregating with your friends, family, co-workers, and fellow league mates are one of the best parts of a fantasy football draft. You can cook some delicious food, select your favorite cocktails, order popcorns and pizza, set up the draft board, and heckles one another about each pick relentlessly. It is exciting that nearly 40% of all the fantasy football draft is held in person and this holds the highest place among any fantasy game. But this year, a live draft poses an unnecessary risk unless you either live with your entire league or want to stand at the door wearing a mask and thermometer in hand. Luckily, 99% of all the fantasy football leagues are hosted online and this is no more an obstacle for football fans.

But, there is something magical about the live draft live making fun of each other, talking strategies with fellow owners, etc. It doesn’t mean that this has to end just because you aren’t on the same door. With new communication software and services, you can now experience the same, though you are miles apart. Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, and others make it easy for you without increasing the risk of spreading the virus.

  1. Expand Rosters

The unexpected will inevitably happen even though the NFL has implemented intricate and robust COVID-19 education, quarantine procedures, etc. The good news about NFL players is that they were already allowed to opt-out of the season if they wanted and it is sure that some positive tests will happen which will cause some players to be unavailable for a period of time. Thus, more players are needed for the team and you should build your teams in preparation for this.

  1. Team kickers

Many leagues have been using the team kicker position since most leagues do not want to have two kicker spots. This way, if your kicker is tested positive for COVID-19, you don’t have to waste a free agent or waiver selection on another kicker.

Bottom lines

No matter what the coronavirus has in store for this fall, you have numerous ways to ensure that your fantasy football league won’t fall apart. Winning the championship in fantasy football is secondary, learn to play and conquer your competitors online amid COVID-19.

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